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NFL Week 7 Odds: Line Movement

Bettors are pouncing on the crumbling Houston Texans, causing significant movement in Sunday’s game against the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs.

The Chiefs opened as low as 3-point favorites over the Texans, who are the only team yet to cover the spread this season (0-6 ATS). And now Houston has major quarterback issues. Starter Matt Schaub is out this week and will be replaced by Case Keenum, who will be making his first career NFL start against one of the league’s best defenses.

The line had grown to Kansas City -7 as of Friday. It wouldn’t be surprising to see that line grow past -7 by Sunday’s kickoff.

New England Patriots at New York Jets

The Patriots have covered the spread in 12 of their last 14 trips to New York to face the Jets, but some line-moving action has caused this spread to shrink a couple points in favor of the Jets. The Patriots opened as high as 6-point favorites over the Jets, who are coming off a disappointing performance in a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The line was down to New England -4 at most shops as of Friday. Seven of the last eight meetings between the Patriots and Jets have gone OVER the total. The total was sitting at 43.5 at most shops as of Friday, a tick higher than it opened.

Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles

Both teams are hampered by injuries to key players, but the betting market appears to believe Dallas’ injuries are more significant. The Cowboys could be without running back DeMarco Murray and defensive end DeMarcus Ware. Murray (knee) is doubtful, but had not been completely ruled out as of Friday. Ware says he’s a game-time decision with a quad injury, but most believe it’s unlikely he plays against the Eagles. From the Philly perspective, there is a strong belief the hamstring injury that will keep starting quarterback Michael Vick out is a blessing in disguise. Backup Nick Foles was sharp in last week’s win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and will get the start again against Dallas. The Eagles have covered the spread in four of the last five meetings with the Cowboys.